Sometimes we can access our own wisdom by using an external tool or oracle. When we read tarot cards, draw runes, or throw coins for the I Ching, we are creating an energetic imprint through our intention that reflects our intuition, inner wisdom or knowing. It is very important to recognize it is only that which resonates for you that has value. For many people I have worked with it is the evidence of their own experience that convinces then that this is a valuable support in decision-making. The best test is to try it. I will provide opportunities to explore at my upcoming workshop.
There are some cautions to be observed. This is not about giving your power away to someone else, nor about having your fortune told. Divining tools provide opportunities for our inner wisdom to present itself to us. They are particularly helpful in resolving the inner confusion that is often associated with challenging decisions. It is important to remember, that no matter what the words may say, the only insights that have real value are the ones that resonate with you; however it is also important not to allow preconceived notions or fears to limit your insights. There are countless forms of divination tools and oracles and once you open yourself up to their mystery, you may find you are drawn to a particular perspective. Visit a specialty store and explore what appeals to you. Here are some of the ones I have worked with and explore in my workshops.
The I Ching (The Book of Changes) – This guidance is based on ancient Chinese wisdom and philosophy.
Tarot Cards – Carl Jung regarded the Tarot cards as representing archetypes embedded in the unconscious of all human beings. There are many themed Tarot decks from the traditional Ryder to William Blake and the Women’s Medicine Deck.
Runes – Based on the Runic alphabet, used by early Norse peoples including the Vikings, the runes have no clear origin as an oracle although the word “rune” derives from the Gothic word “runa,” meaning “mystery.” Their popularity today stems significantly from the work done by Ralph Blum, who dedicated himself to the re-introduction of this “sacred oracle.”
Medicine Cards – These are beautifully illustrated animal cards. This divination system is based on the ancient teachings of Native America. The text explains how the cards can be used to receive guidance and healing messages from the animals
The Pendulum – This is a system based on the historic principle of the divining rod. Pendulums consist of a weight, or bob, which hangs freely from a chain or string. The pendulum is trained to respond in a certain manner to indicate a positive or negative answer to a question.
Muscle testing – This is a way of using the body’s reaction to verify its own inner guidance. Based on the concept of internal energy fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine, muscle testing is a noninvasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs.
Astrology – Most of us are familiar with horoscopes based on information attained through the placement of the stars in the heavens at the time of your birth.
Power Deck Cards – One of my favourites, developed by Lynn Andrews featuring great wisdom and magnificent art images. I always start my workshops with these cards.
As with any decision-making tool this is about finding your way. Take a trip to Banyen Books where you can find a wide variety of possibilities or take a workshop to explore further. I am offering a workshop on September 26th where you will have a chance to experience some oracles and divination options see http://wp.me/shAyS-workshop for details.